1964 Dodge Polara 500 - Detroit Iron

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    Detroit Iron Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the Bay Area of California and have owned this car since 2000. The car is from Washington state. I believe it was garage kept because it's pretty darn rust free; and that is judging by California standards! I've rebuilt and "upgraded" everything mechanical on this car, so it's a strong runner and used as a daily driver.

    The reason for my thread isn't necessarily to document the complete project, but to document and solicit input on the paint and body work. Paint and body work is not something I have a lot of experience with, so I'm learning with this car and input is welcome and encouraged.

    I'm starting the thread with photos of the car as it was when I got it, then touching on some of the mechanical projects and then getting in to where I am now with the paint and body.

    Summary of what's been done to the car:

    Engine – The original 383 has been rebuilt. Keith Black KB162-30 Hypereutectic pistons, Lunati 60300 cam (very mild) and lifters, Cloyes true roller timing chain. Edelbrock E-street heads, aluminum water pump, aluminum water pump housing, vintage Edelbrock DP4B intake manifold, Carter 4966 carburetor, Mopar Performance electronic ignition with Jacobs coil.

    Electrical
    – 100 amp Tuf Stuff Alternator, dual field restoration wiring harness and Interstate battery.

    Exhaust – OEM HP exhaust manifolds, TTI 2 ½” exhaust with Thrush turbo mufflers.

    Transmission
    – 1967 HP 727 (from ’67 GTX) rebuilt with a later model stock valve body and part throttle kick-down (PTK) and Gil Younger shift kit, TCI Streetfighter torque convertor, Denny’s driveshaft. The transmission downshifts on it's own and is a great performer.

    Rearend – The tapered axles were replaced with stock 1969 units. Center section is currently a 1969 741 case with 2:94 gears. I have the original 1964 Sure Grip with 3:23 gears that can go with the car if you prefer those over the 2:94 set.

    Brakes, Wheels and Suspension – Strange Engineering master cylinder, stock Mopar 11” disc brakes 2 ½” wide rear drums, 15”x8” steel wheels, Mickey Thompson 255/60/15 tires, Moog suspension with urethane bushings and KYB shocks. 1969 K-member (for improved sway bar design) with Addco sway bar. Hemi torsion bars, HD leaf springs and HD shackles from Just Suspension.

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    • Detroit Iron

      Detroit Iron Well-Known Member

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      And now on to paint... Hopefully it doesn't turn out like my avatar.

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        I'm using a $50 paint gun that I bought from Summit. As of now I'm just spraying the door jambs, under side of the trunk etc., so this gun is fine. I may upgrade soon.

        Obviously I'm changing the color of the car from white to black. When I painted the wheels and engine compartment; I had the correct 1964 Formal Black mixed and I paid a fortune for it. I recently purchased Summit Jet Black and can not see a difference other than the price. And... because I'm a beginner, I went with single stage.

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        Black looks good on the 64's
         
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          Nice ride your doing great. Keep it up can't wait to see it finished.
           
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          The First 64' I ever saw was just like the one in the picture it is for sale in the Detroit area for close to 17K. When I was looking for a car I couldn't find one in my price range. Always was impressed of its design over all other b-bodys.

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          • Detroit Iron

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            Today a friend of mine welded a rust hole near the rear window.

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              Then I removed the driver side trim clips and made some progress on sanding.

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                Your ride starting to look like mine. Haha
                 
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